Montessori School at Goose Creek Preserve

With more than 20 years of hands-on experience in the Montessori environment, Montessori School of Goose Creek (MSGCP) co-founders Scott Smith and Elizabeth Gilbert Smith have brought their passion for quality Montessori education to Loudon County. Currently operating three Montessori schools in Fairfax County, Scott and Elizabeth designed the newly built MSGCP to be a place that fosters self-expression and independence for its students. The 10,500-square-foot facility has six classrooms fully equipped with child-accessible materials that encourage children ages 16-months to 6 to explore and learn at their own pace. Our traditional Montessori curriculum includes practical life and sensorial skills, language arts, cooking, math, history, geography, and science exploration.

Co-founders Scott Smith and Elizabeth Gilbert Smith currently operate three Montessori schools in neighboring Fairfax County, including Holly Brook Montessori School, which they co-founded in 1999, as well as the Montessori School of Cedar Lane and the Hunter Mill Montessori School, co-founded by Elizabeth’s parents Lance and Joyce Gilbert in 1971 and 1990, respectively.

Certified by American Montessori Society (AMS) to teach the Montessori Method, both Scott and Elizabeth bring to MSGCP a long and successful history of hands-on experience in the Montessori environment. Elizabeth taught at the Montessori School of Cedar Lane from 1995 to 2002, and served as Co-Director of the Summer Camp Program for all three Fairfax County Montessori schools from 2004 to 2015. Meanwhile, Scott both taught and served as Director of Operations at Holly Brook from 1999 to 2007, transitioning solely to management when the school reached full enrollment. For the past 10 years, Scott and Elizabeth have shared all oversight and administrative duties for the three Fairfax County schools.

Together, Scott and Elizabeth will oversee operations at MSGCP, ensuring that each child receives individual attention from a trained Montessori teacher and classroom assistant.


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When it came to choosing a preschool for my grandson, we could think of no more perfect place than the sylvan setting of Hunter Mill Montessori. At Hunter MIll Montessori, parents and grandparents alike can see students expand their horizons as they learn academics, social skills and independence. We couldn't be more pleased!

Pier Stock McGrath

Our family chose HMMS not only because it was recommended by all of our neighbors (and we have a lots of them) but once you step into the school, you can feel the warmth of the school community and its teachers. Our three sons attended HMMS and have far exceeded our expectations, socially, and educationally. 

The Woltz Family

Both of our kids went through the full program including Kindergarten and we could not have been happier with it. The kids loved school and Mrs. Cook and the rest of the teaching staff were engaged, responsive, and so clearly cared about all the kids. 

We chose [the school] nearly decade ago after touring many other local schools. We found its student/teacher ratio, cleanliness and educational program to be the best fit for our three children. As a working parent, I wanted a place where my child safe and cared for, while learning in an environment that met each of their different needs. 

Holly Brook Montessori School was an incredible experience for our son. He is ahead in math in elementary school, has great social skills, and is very respectful to his teachers. I give all of this credit to HB for helping to make him a well-rounded individual. Can't wait for our second to attend.

We were part of the Holly Brook family for 6 years. Our boys learned so many useful skills from math, reading, independence, and public speaking that set them up for success. One of the reasons we picked the school was due to how well they welcome international families and how open they are to learn about other cultures and traditions and incorporate them into their curriculum. We highly recommend this preschool, you will not regret it. - Sara